The scent of evil will be in the air this summer at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater.
Or maybe that’s just the sugar beet factory down the road.
Whatever the case, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival — returning to Nampa for the sixth year — will bring along two dark icons of heavy metal: Slayer and King Diamond. Joining them on the main stage will be Hellyeah and Devil Wears Prada.
MayhemFest will start at 1 p.m. and run into the night on Wednesday, July 1. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 17 at ICTickets. Prices: $29.50 (first 1,000 sold), $35 (second), $39.50 (third), $49.50 advance, $55 day of show.
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Bands performing on the secondary stage are slated to include Whitechapel, Sworn In, Thy Art is Murder, Code Orange, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Shattered Sun, Feed Her to the Sharks and Kissing Candice.
MayhemFest has become an annual tradition. Former main-stage acts have ranged from Rob Zombie to Korn — and repeat headliner Slayer. This will be King Diamond’s first time on the bill and first time in Idaho, despite his 40-year career. Known for his angel-taunting falsetto and Satan-obsessed lyrics, the Danish singer is sort of the Pavarotti of theatrical horror metal. Metal fans tend to love or hate his music.
• Prefer things on the lighter side — as in butane lighter? Ganja-lovin’ reggae-rockin’ groupsSublime with Rome
are headed to the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater on Thursday, Aug. 27.
Joining them will be Pepper and Micky Avalon.
It’s a 5:45 p.m. show with the same sort of early-bird promotion for tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. April 20 (4/20, get it?) at ICTickets. They’ll cost $20 (first 100), $25 (second 100), $30 (third), $35 advance, $40 day of show.
• Last but not least — and indoors — rapperJuicy J
is headed to the Revolution Center in Garden City for a May 24 show. So, uh,“Bounce It”
at 10 a.m. April 17. Tickets are $25 (first 100), $28 normal advance, $35 at the door, $55 VIP. Opening: Project Pat and DJs to be announced.